Marquette Arts & Culture Center: About Us


Marquette Arts and Culture Center Organizational History

Marquette is located in the Upper Peninsula on the shores of Lake Superior.  Our population is 22,000 and we are the home of Northern Michigan University. The Arts and Culture Department in the City of Marquette was initiated by the Peter White Public Libraryefforts of artists and art groups in Marquette.  A feasibility study was commissioned by the City in 1990 to determine the needs of artists in the area.  The need for the City to add a position for an Arts and Culture Coordinator was determined by that survey.  In 1994 the Arts and Culture Director was hired on a contractual basis and in 1996 the Arts Department was an official Department in the City of Marquette.  In October of 2002 the Arts and Culture Coordinator was made a Department Head within the City Government.  It was also noted that an Arts and Culture Center was a major need for Marquette.  It took 12 years, but that need has been met with the City’s partnership with the Peter White Public Library where the Art Center has a home in the lower level of the building for the next 20 years. The Art Center opened in October of 2000.  The Art Center is comprised of four large workshop rooms, a retail gallery where local artists can sell their art, a community room with a stage and two gallery exhibit areas which are shared with our library partners.  The City pays a percentage of the utilities and janitorial services as part of the partnership agreement.  The Art Center is expected to be able to help support itself through rental of space, programming and grants, community and City support. Reserve space at the Center!

Mission:  The Marquette Arts and Culture Department serves to encourage, develop and facilitate an enriched environment of artistic, creative and cultural activity.

* Facilitate the use of the Arts and Culture Center
* Strengthen Arts and Cultural activities
* Support Arts Education through programming
* Recognize, reflect and celebrate Cultural Tourism
* Establish and facilitate communication networks
* Increase visibility and awareness
* Encourage new, creative and innovative works of art and activities
* Expand and develop funding sources

* Encourage arts based economic development
* Community revitalization
* Help organizations to strengthen programming and diversify revenue 

* Act as an umbrella organization for local arts and cultural organizations.

There are over 65 arts groups in our area.  The Arts Department helps get those groups to work together to complement and benefit each other through cooperation.  Some activities include:  A yearly arts calendar, First Thursday Arts and Culture Events, Publication of a Quarterly Arts Calendar, Coordination of Downtown Festivals with the Downtown Development Authority and the City of Marquette, Coordination of Annual Community Holiday Trim a Tree event, Sister City Liaison, Annual Holiday Art Sale, Monthly visual exhibitions, artist retail gallery shop where artist can sell their work with a 35% commission rate for Arts Center, producing youth theater productions, community dance productions and festivals, Annual Art Awards Ceremony and Reception, Coordination of Community Initiatives and Community Relations for the City of Marquette.

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Marquette Arts & Culture Center
Peter White Public Library
217 N. Front St.
Marquette, MI 49855
Ph. 906.228.0472
Fax 906.228.0479
Art Center Hours:
Mon: 10am-5pm
Tue: 10am-9pm
Wed: 10am-5pm
Thu: 10am-9pm
Fri: 10am-5pm
Sat: 10am-5pm
Sun: Closed